BE PREPARED TO VOTE! November 8, 2016

On October 29, 2016, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Election, Event, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

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Get your sample ballot for the November 8th Christian County Election.

Besides voting for our First Female President, you will be voting on US Senator (Jason Kander) and US Representative (Genevieve Williams), as well as Missouri state officers. You will also be able to vote for your District State Representative (and if you live in the 140th you have Jim Billedo on the ticket!), the 38th Circuit Judge, and the retention of certain judges. You will be also be voting for the Christian County elections offices of Commissioner (and if you live in eastern Christian County, you have Sue Ann Childers on the ticket!), Sheriff, Assessor, Treasurer, Coroner, and Public Administrator.  And you will vote on Constitutional Amendments (1,2,3,4, & 6) and Proposition A.

Recommendations on Ballot Issues:

Amendment 1: Continues funding soil and water conservation for state parks and historic sites for the next 10 years. RECOMMENDATION: YES

Amendment 2: Limits campaign contributions. But language is not clear; it could ban labor unions contributing, but allow corporations. Supported by Fred Sauer, author of “How Liberalism, a euphemism for socialism, destroys peoples and nations.” RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 3: Tax on cigarettes, 75% for early childhood education. Would limit taxes on cigarettes and give public monies to private and religious schools. Supported by large tobacco companies. Opposed by MO Nat. Education Association, American Lung Association, and American Heart Asssociation. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Amendment 4: Prevents new state or local sales/use tax on any service or transaction. It could block future taxes on new industries, limiting state and local entities with budget problems. Supported by MO Associations of Home Inspectors, Cattlemen, Funeral Directors, Broadcasters, Bankers, etc. Opposed by MO Municipal League and the Budget Project. RECOMMENDATION: NO

Proposition A: Tax on cigarettes, funding transportation infrastructure. This competes with Amendment 1, but also limits taxes on cigarettes. Supported by MO Petroleum Markets and Convenience Store Association. Opposed by Cancer Society, MO American Lung Association, American Heart Association, etc.

Amendment 6: Voters “may” be required to verify their identity, citizenship and residence with a photo id. This would suppress voters, especially minorities, the elderly, the poor, and students. There is no real evidence of voter fraud, and it will be difficult for people to get these ids. Republicans nationwide are pushing this issue in order to suppress Democrat voters. Democrats nationwide strongly oppose it. RECOMMENDATION: NO

For more information check out the VOTERS GUIDE by the League of Women Voters. You may go to their website and put in your address, or pick one up at your local library. Also, checkout the Christian County Headliner for October 26th. They have interviewed local candidates and presented the pros and cons of the ballot issues.

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Jackson Days April 8-9, 2016

On March 16, 2016, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Event, Jackson Days, Uncategorized, by Christian County Democrats

Countdown to VictoryPlease join fellow Democrats from Southwest Missouri in the annual Jackson Days celebration in Springfield. We will be meeting on Friday, April 8 for free networking and nibbling at the Ramada Oasis Hotel & Convention Center (2446 N Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, Missouri). Browse information booths of political and community organizations and enjoy complimentary food and drink. There will also be a silent auction; you can bid on hundreds of items, including jewelry, home décor, political campaign collectibles, books, and much more! [To donate auction items, take them to the Greene County Democratic Headquarters at 1764 S Fremont Avenue in Springfield, or call 417-886-8980 by April 1.] You may also want to help by bringing nonperishable, single-serve food items (peanut butter crackers, granola bars, etc.) to the Democratic HQ in advance or to the Oasis Friday night. This is a Greene County project to help homeless in the community.

There are many activities you can attend on Saturday, April 9:

8:00 am Democratic Alliance Breakfast featuring Missouri Treasurer candidates Judy Baker and Pat Contreras. Tickets are $30 each.

10:00-11:30 am Candidate/Activist Training Session with the Missouri Budget Project. Go beyond the numbers to see how budget policies and priorities impact people’s lives for better and for worse.

For Sponsors-Only Activities (Sponsorships cost $230) there will be a Noon Luncheon at Hickory Hills Country Club (3909 E Cherry) with singer/songwriter, folklorist and teacher Judy Domeny Bowen! There will also be a 5:00 pm VIP Cocktail Reception with the banquet speakers.

6:30 pm Jackson Day Banquet featuring Democratic candidates Jason Kander for U.S. Senate, Chris Koster for Missouri Governor, Nicole Galloway for Missouri Auditor, and special surprise guests! You may also bid on exciting celebrity and political memorabilia, gourmet gift baskets, and other items to be auctioned live. (Banquet tickets are $60 each.)

If you did not receive a registration form in the mail, you may register HERE.

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Jackson Day: Turning Greene County Blue

On March 11, 2014, in Announcement, Candidates, Democratic Party, Event, Get Involved, by Christian County Democrats
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Senator McCaskill in 2013 at Jackson Days

Jackson Day, a celebration of the Democratic Party sponsored by the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, will be held on April 4 & 5. This annual event brings together Democrats from across Missouri for entertainment, inspiration, education, and fun. This year the event will be held at The Old Glass Place (521 E St Louis Street, Springfield, MO). Christian County Democrats are encouraged to attend and stop by our booth.

FREE “Nibble and Network” Friday evening, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Browse information booths of political and community organizations, and enjoy complimentary food and drink, socializing with fellow Democrats. There will also be a silent auction from 5:00-8:30pm Friday night. Bid on hundreds of fun and unusual items, including jewelry, home decor, political campaign collectibles, posters, photos, books, toys, and much more!

Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. the Democratic Alliance Breakfast will be at the Tower Club (901 E St Louis Street, 21st floor). Secretary of State Jason Kander, State Senator Paul LaVota, and State Representative John Wright will be speakers. Tickets for this event are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at http://goo.gl/FLnefB.

Saturday evening (6:30 p.m.) is the Jackson Day Banquet (The Old Glass Place). Revel in “elect”rifying speeches by national, state and local Democratic leaders and candidates! Bid on exciting celebrity and political memorabilia, fine art, performing arts tickets, gourmet gift baskets and other speical surprises to be auctioned live! Main Speaker will be Kansas City Congressman Emanuel Cleaver! Tickets for this event are $60 per person. Purchase tickets online at http://goo.gl/FLnefB.

Order your 2014 Jackson Day tickets today! Call 417-886-8980 or visit http://goo.gl/FLnefB.

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CC Dems enjoy Jackson Days

On May 7, 2013, in Event, Who We Are, by Christian County Democrats

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Many Christian County Democrats participated in the activities on Friday and Saturday (April 19 & 20). Both evenings our booth was open and selling tickets to a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Garden Adventures Nursery (proceeds going to Least of These Food Pantry), as well as giving away Democrat keychains. The hospitality rooms were flowing with refreshments for all attending Friday night, and later the silent and live auctions generated quite a buzz of activity.

Saturday morning Attorney General Chris Koster spoke at the breakfast, with Jason Kander speaking after the breakfast.

The Saturday night banquet dinner was very good, and the room was packed. After the Men’s Chorus of the Ozarks sang the national anthem, awards were given out, and remarks made by Mike Sanders, our Missouri Democratic Party Chair and Clint Zweifel, our State Treasurer, Jim Kabell spoke to the crowd. Kabell is a union leader from Springfield, and explained the deception he sees in Jefferson City with so-called “right to work” bills. Many law makers just want to shut labor up. He urged us to write or call our legislators and ask them to vote NO on these proposals. He reminded us of what Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks did to make a difference in racial injustices. They made a difference because they stuck together and worked together for change. He said we too could make a difference! 2014 will be an important year for Democrats to get back the Missouri Senate.Jackson Day Booth

We raised $106 for Least of These through the raffle. The winner was thrilled to have won. And we thank Garden Adventures for donating the gift certificate.  If you missed Jackson Days this year, mark your calendars for next year: April 4 & 5, 2014!

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Our three local candidates lost their respective races. But they gave it their best, and worked hard and long trying to convince their fellow Christian County folks that they were the best candidate for the job. Unfortunately many of our Republican neighbors look more at party affiliation than at qualifications. The important thing is that they tried. And many folks helped them. Sometimes that is all one can do. Thanks to all who helped these candidates—with their donations, time, and efforts! And special thanks to those brave souls who ventured into the political process, hoping to make our community better: David Stokely running for County Assessor, Bob Rubino running for the 139th Legislative District, and Danny Thompson running for Eastern County CommissionerWe hope you will all continue to serve our county.

Statewide elections went better for Democrats, with Jay Nixon winning as Governor, Jason Kander winning as Secretary of State, Cliff Zweifel winning as State Treasurer, and Chris Koster winning as Attorney General. And we get to keep Claire McCaskill as our Senator in Washington! Unfortunately Susan Montee failed in her bid for Lt. Governor, as did Jim Evans in his bid to take over Billy Long’s House seat.

And last but certainly not least, was the win by President Barack Obama! Unfortunately only 25% of voters in Christian County voted for Obama, but the nation as a whole came through for him.

As Christian County Democrats we must continue to support our fellow Democrats in their campaigns to serve our country, state, and county.

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